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Strategic Plan Implementation: Community Gathering

Posted on November 2nd, 2014 by admin in Outcomes, Strategic Plan

bpl-compass-report-cover-200The Community Gathering principle is fulfilled in a variety of ways by working to serve and sustain communities through fostering thinking and learning via an engaging online presence.

Increase access to e-books and other digital content: streaming video, music, and audiobooks became available to BPL users in March 2014. The service proved immediately popular as evidenced by an approximately 20% increase in eCard registrations for several weeks after the announcement of the new service.

Implement new technologies: a new staff intranet was released in November 2013. The intranet uses the content management system Drupal as its framework and allows appropriate staff to publish content for the internal community to find, reference, and use without specialized coding skills. After a year of use by the staff, interviews, surveys, and analytics will be gathered to determine successes and failures of the project that will inform future projects, such as the redesign of public-facing web services.

Website redesign: A steering committee has been formed and a broader advisory committee will be convened, made up of representatives from many departments of the library to analyze, prioritize, and review the breadth of online properties that deliver BPL services. Deliverables include a project plan for the remainder of FY 2015 for redesign of bpl.org among other possible improvements to online properties.

Strategic Plan Implementation: Community Gathering

Posted on October 8th, 2014 by admin in Outcomes, Strategic Plan

bpl-compass-report-cover-200One of the ways the BPL fulfills the strategic plan’s Community Gathering principle and the accompanying outcome “Link community members to library programs and services within the BPL system and beyond” and the strategy “Position library as a community information node linking library users to other resources in their communities” is through providing library program-centered and community information-centered bulletin boards and information tables in all locations. Each month, staff review the boards to remove outdated information and add new information. The community uses these bulletin boards and tables to get information about library programs, but also to learn about programs and services in the neighborhood. On a recent visit to the Jamaica Plain Branch, for example, users could find out how to join the Friends, when the next story time was happening, or get connected to community members who were selling bikes, looking for a nanny, or starting a knitting meet-up group. At the Mattapan Branch, visitors can find out about upcoming laptop classes, movie nights, and job opportunities in the neighborhood. Community bulletin boards are one good way to connect users to resources in the library as well as out in the community.

Strategic Plan Implementation: Community Gathering

Posted on October 3rd, 2014 by admin in Outcomes, Strategic Plan

BPL Compass Strategic Plan CoverBoston Public Library fulfills the strategic plan’s Community Gathering principle and the accompanying outcome to “Minimize the library’s environmental impact” through ongoing initiatives managed by its Facilities team. The goals include reducing overall expenditures on energy, reducing energy consumption through efficiency improvements — all in the face of currently rising energy costs — as well as a desire to use fewer natural resources and be better citizens of the planet. Much of the guidance for these efforts come from various incentives and grant programs, as well as a variety of Mayoral initiatives on energy and the environment. Recent accomplishments include the following:

  • Continued support of the City’s single-stream recycling program, with new receptacles being deployed at many locations.
  • Targeted measures in the area of water, steam, gas, and electric use. Recent analysis shows that the library has reduced its energy costs by 27% over the last five years through all of these efforts.
  • Ongoing collaboration with the City of Boston’s Energy and Environment and Property and Construction Management departments to improve existing and new systems.
  • Participation in the start up of the City’s new energy management system which will help all city agencies analyze data, view trends, and look to target problems in their energy utilization and billing data.
  • A longstanding participation in the city’s demand response program with EnerNOC program to combat periods of high electric demand.
  • Repair and or replacement of mechanical systems with more efficient and better utilization performance, such as the new cooling tower at the Central Library.
  • Ensuring adherence to LEED standards where possible in renovation projects.
  • Building management systems: twelve branches and multiple independent systems at the Central Library can now be monitored and managed via the library’s central building management system, reducing costs and ease of management.
  • Light fixtures: Projects have been completed at 13 locations including the many spaces at the Central Library to replace old light fixtures with new more efficient lights, which last longer, cost less over time, and utilize lower amounts of energy for equivalent output.

Review the eight guiding principles in the Boston Public Library’s strategic plan and read the full plan, the BPL Compass.

Systemwide Youth Programs Review & Assessment

Posted on February 11th, 2013 by Christine Schonhart in Library Services, Major Projects

In July 2012, the Boston Public Library Foundation put out a Request for Proposals (RFP) for consulting services that would result in a program of systemwide library services for youth in Boston. This programming review and assessment fulfills two of the principles in the Library’s Strategic Plan:1) Children and Teens and 2) Community Gathering.

After reviewing the RFPs and interviewing respondents, Wondercabinet Interpretive Design, Inc. was selected to lead this process. During the months of January and February, BPL youth services staff were surveyed to help determine current practices in BPL programming, space availability and options, best practices from other libraries and to gather feedback on what works best and what needs work. In the coming weeks, the public will be invited to participate in a survey to help determine their favorite programs, ideas for new programs, and feedback on what they think works best and what needs work.

In the meantime, do you have a favorite children’s or teen program at the Library or elsewhere? What are your favorite places for youth programming and what makes them special? Please share in the comments.

Energy Improvements in 2012 and 2013

Posted on February 7th, 2013 by jmeade@private.bpl.org in Major Projects

greenovate2Boston Public Library’s Facilities Department continues to move forward, focused on efforts to reduce utility consumption. These efforts are cost-savings measures that align with the City’s overall energy reductions goals, and, as reflected in the Community Gathering principle of the strategic plan, help the library minimize its environmental impact.

This year, we have added 320 motion sensors to the book stacks in the Central Library’s Johnson Building along with the 540 installed last year, automating light switches to ensure lights are only used when staff are actually working in those areas.

We replaced a large percentage of high energy-consuming lighting fixtures at three locations with energy efficient fixtures:

  • Jamaica Plain Branch – 111 fixtures with a 30% reduction in watts consumed
  • Dudley Branch – 367 fixtures with over 50% reduction in watts consumed
  • Central Library at Copley Square – 545 fixtures with over 45% reduction in watts consumed

Additionally, Bates Hall in the McKim Building at the Central Library is now illuminated with 100% LED bulbs that were received under a state-funded program, and at no cost to the BPL.

On the plumbing front, we have  been installing “low-flow” faucets and fixtures in many Central Library locations, cutting down on water use and costs. We have added water meters for cooling towers and lawn sprinklers at multiple locations to reduce sewer costs.

We have also begun the process of upgrading our centralized building management system and added an initial set of locations to the new system. The system can now be controlled remotely, improving gas and electric efficiencies and providing a more efficient and responsive system to staff and public needs. We hope to add locations to the the centralized building management system over next couple of years.

Funding for these improvements is drawn from the “Johnson Building Energy Improvements” capital projects and City of Boston Energy Department and Mass. green communities.